Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email This More

Breathless
(DVD)

DIRECTED BY - Jean-Luc Godard


Former "Cahiers du Cinma" critic Jean-Luc Godard threw everything he had learned from years of movie watching into his debut feature--creating an enormously influential film and a seminal study of existential longing and betrayal. Within the first few minutes, Michel (Belmondo), a foul-mouthed Parisian who idolizes Humphrey Bogart, shoots a police officer and immediately becomes a fugitive on the run. He visits an ex-girlfriend and while casually charming her, he steals her money. He then gallivants through the marvelous streets of 1940s Paris, pursuing Patricia (Seberg), a blond pixie-like American selling the New York Herald Tribune on the Champs-Elysees. Michel is childlike as he pouts and whines in his fruitless attempts to seduce Patricia, then turns cold as ice as he curses her out, racing off to steal a car or meet up with some other thugs. Meanwhile, Patricia seems to seduce everybody with her youth and naivety. She is just 20-years-old, possibly pregnant, and despite the few scattered assignments she does for the paper, she is dreamy and directionless. Even so, she does not refuse Michel, though she won't commit to him. As they follow each other in and out of cafes and boutiques, sailing past the Eiffel Tower and down the grand boulevards in gorgeous stolen cars, we await what is sure to be a tragic ending.

GENRES - action, classics, drama

Film Info

RUNTIME - 90 minutes

RATING - Not Rated

YEAR - 1959

FORMAT - DVD Region All

COUNTRY - France

LANGUAGE - French

ATTRIBUTES - Full-Frame

Director

Jean-Luc Godard

Screenwriter

Jean-Luc Godard

Actor

Jean Seberg

Director of Photography

Raoul Coutard

Customer Reviews